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New liver scanner

A new scanner that detects and measures liver damage has been purchased for Torbay Hospital.
Torbay Hospital League of Friends bought the fibroscan (Hepatic Fibrosis Measurement System) scanner so that the hospital can diagnose liver problems quicker with a simple and painless test.
Previously, the degree of liver damage was assessed by a biopsy of the liver, or patients needed to travel to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for a fibroscan.
Dr Keith George, senior consultant gastroenterologist at Torbay Hospital, said: “The fibroscan machine will change the way patients with liver disease are assessed at Torbay Hospital.
“The machine can accurately assess the degree of damage suffered by the liver, due to a variety of conditions, thus helping us make more informed treatment decisions.
“It can also help us make quicker treatment decisions for our patients with liver disease, as they can now have a fibroscan performed as part of their initial consultation in the outpatient department.”
David Rogers, chairman of Torbay Hospital League of Friends, said: “The League was very pleased to have been able to find the money for this machine, especially as it will have such an enormous benefit to patients with liver problems in the Torbay area.”